Bellevue Girls Redefine Robotics Gender Norms

A few months ago, a young girl named Cash Cayen from Timmins, Ontario, noticed that her summer robotics program at the local library was only available to boys. When she asked the library’s assistant director about why only boys were allowed to participate, the director noted that “boys’ academic and literacy skills don’t improve over […]

Robots Can Do That? 3 Of the Latest Robot Innovations

Robotics is a tremendously exciting industry, and the sector is at a point in its history that we’ve never seen before. According to industry trade group the Robotic Industries Association, there was a new peak in robot orders and shipments in North America this year: 31,464 robots, valued at $1.8 billion dollars, were ordered from […]

3 Awesome Ways Robots Are Solving 21st-Century Problems

From RoboCop in 1987 to I, Robot in 2004 to Chappie in 2015, humans long been concerned with what society would be like if robots were part of our daily lives: in the police force, behind service counters, walking (rolling?) down the street. In some ways, it feels as if that time is here. Robots […]

FIRST Makes STEM Exciting for Students

When most kids and teens think about what jazzes them, what excites them, what makes them eager to wake up in the morning, the answer is rarely “math class!” or “science class!” With the exception of a rare, small, subsection of students, math and science are more often thought of as boring or tedious. Times […]

Making Innovation Happen at UNL

It’s not fully completed yet, but when it is, it’ll be a masterpiece. The Nebraska Innovation Campus is a research campus adjacent to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and houses the spaces and facilities to foster ideas into innovation. Part of the goal is to facilitate more relationships, and partnerships, between the University of Nebraska and […]

Google Buys DeepMind Technologies–What’s Next?

It’s been an interesting past few months for Google. In December of 2013, Google acquired Boston Dynamics, maker of humanoid robots. Then, earlier this month, they acquired Nest, maker of smart home gadgets. And most recently–today, actually–Google announced plans to purchase DeepMind, a London-based Artificial Intelligence company. In fact, over the last year or so, […]

Nebraska Robotics Expo Coming to Ashland In February

In the past, one way we’ve recommended that students get involved in STEM education is through robotics. There are a number of robotics leagues and clubs, both nationally and locally, that can teach students about technology–while also being a whole lot of fun! And as it so happens, there’s an event coming up that could […]

Get Involved in STEM–With Robots!

With manufacturing becoming larger and larger—alongside the invention of new technology like 3D printing—more jobs have opened up for students coming out of high school or college and entering the manufacturing field. But as we regularly discuss, manufacturing organizations recognize that a lot of younger employees are holding back from studying STEM and applying for […]